Around Manchester Road Switch Bridge
English Heritage list this bridge as Grade 2 and have this to say about it....
Roving bridge and road bridge.
1804 but widened on both sides in the C19 and C20. Snecked, rock-faced and hammer-dressed stone, brick, cast iron and concrete. The original elliptical-arch tunnel which is grooved for stop planks was widened to the north in the mid-C19 with a truncated elliptical keystone arch which is now partly obscured by the C20 footpath bridge. The south was widened later in C19 in brick and is separated from the tow-path bridge by two pipelines. The tow-path bridge has a spiral walkway, panelled cast iron parapet walls and a flat stone slab deck. Interest stems from the bridges evolutionary development.
I spent many a dinner time hanging around here when I was at Greenfield Street School... there used to be two old traction engines on the spare ground where the old pit head was. It must have been a very busy area at one time, barges being loaded here with coal... and then just through the bridge was the main wharf.. still there today by the way. Always worth a walk around this area of Hyde's industrial past.